Strengthening the behavioral health prevention and treatment system in Montana.
The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the behavioral health prevention and treatment system in Montana by incubating a new organization that unites mental health and substance use disorder providers, effectively partners with state agencies and stakeholders to guide state policy, implements new behavioral health initiatives, and promotes and supports adoption of best practices.
Behavioral health providers face economic, regulatory, and workforce challenges in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment, and provide services to a group of patients that are among the most vulnerable and complex in Montana. These providers have few opportunities to meet, learn from each other, and collaborate on programs, health systems reform, strategic planning, or policy and advocacy.
To address these challenges, it is essential for behavioral health providers to have the tools, resources, and expertise needed to engage effectively private and government entities to strengthen Montana’s behavioral health treatment system. A well-staffed state behavioral health association can provide a powerful tool for strengthening behavioral health services. In Missouri, for example, the longstanding state behavioral health association collaborated with the state health department to establish the state’s well-regarded Medicaid health home model. The association is felt to be such an important asset that the state provides funding to allow the association to carry out its goals, objectives, and mission.
Over 2016 and 2017, MHCF convened behavioral health stakeholders and led planning to establish the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana (BHAM). BHAM will coordinate efforts to strengthen the behavioral health system in Montana. In 2018, MHCF will focus on incubating BHAM, with MHCF grant funds awarded in 2017 going to support organizational development and work to advance specific policy and programmatic objectives as defined here
This initiative supports the establishment of the BHAM. No grant opportunities are currently available. If you are interested in learning more about BHAM, please contact MHCF Senior Program Officer Scott Malloy.
2018 Call for Proposals
Find out about this year’s available grants.